"Where does it say that you have a contract with G-d to have an easy life?"

the Lubavitcher Rebbe

"Failure is not the enemy of success; it is its prerequisite."

Rabbi Nosson Scherman

27 Dec 2016

The spinning dreidel

Defying Odds, Heart Transplant Patient Is Still Alive 30 Years Later

The UN's Version of the Hanukkah Story

Dershowitz 2016 Dershowitz: Obama Will Go Down in History as One of Worst Foreign Policy Presidents Ever

Dershowitz 2012 When I decide who to vote for as President, I ask myself who will be best for America and for the world. An important component of my answer involves my assessment of the candidate’s willingness and ability to protect Israel’s security, since I strongly believe that a strong Israel serves the interests of the United States and of world peace. I am confident that President Obama will keep his promise “always [to] have Israel’s back” in the face of the continuing threats posed by Israel’s enemies.

The stolen Chanukah menorah

Chabad Menorah Stolen from S. Francisco Park

VIDEO: Brand New Chanukah song from the composer of ‘Tov Lehodos’

Leading up to Zos Chanukah: Chesed of Lakewood Tehillim Campaign Heralding Your Yeshua

Chabad Hanukkah candle lighting at NBA game

26 Dec 2016

What it is about

David Keyes, the spokesman for Benjamin Netanyahu, made it clear that they believe Obama colluded with the Palestinians to betray Israel, and he says they have “ironclad” evidence to prove it.
Read more: http://therightscoop.com/ironclad-evidence-obama-colluded-palestinians-u-n-vote-israel-spox/

Jewish students must realize that SJP is about hate — only hate

Questions and answers about UN Security Council resolution 2334

Smile for the redemption flash

Anne Frank school in Paris vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti

This is third hand information so I will just pass along what I heard from someone today who heard that a flight from America to Israel had a stop in France. Those people who wore yarmelcas were subject to extra surveillance and security measures in France such as having their coat and jacket pockets scrutinized. Those wearing hijabs got a free pass.

Chanukah lights

The Light of Chanukah

Did Biden pressure Ukraine to vote against Israel?


After getting a very unfriendly welcome from Yosef, the pasuk says (Mikeitz 42:21), "Vayomru Ish El Achiv Aval Asheimim Anachnu; The brothers said indeed we are guilty as we saw the pain of our brother Yosef, and ignored his pleas."

The Shnayim Mikra brings from the Megaleh Amukos that six consecutive words starting with Ish, begin with the letter Aleph. These six Alephs each represent one millennium of the world's six thousand years of existence. The Torah is telling us that the mistake of selling Yosef will haunt us throughout the entire history.

25 Dec 2016

Parshat Mikeitz and Chanukah

The Gaon indicates that there is a relation, a Remez, between Chanuka and the fact that we always read Parshas Mikeitz during Chanuka. At the end of each parsha, the Masora gives the number of Pasukim, but for strangely enough for Mikeitz it also gives the number of words - 2025.

The Vilna Gaon says that it is to teach us if Poti Phera is one word or two. Secondly, 2025 is a Remez to Ner Chanukah. The gemara in Shabbos (21b) say we should light Ner Ish U'Baiso for 8 day. The Gematria of the word Ner is 250 If you multiply that by 8 days, 8 x 250 = 2000. The remaining 25 id for the 25th of Kislev.

Halachically Speaking: Al Hanissim on Chanukah

Four Chanukah Halachos

14-Year-Old Arrested for Knifepoint Muggings

24 Dec 2016

The resolution

Eight possible Trump responses to the UN Israel vote

AIPAC is deeply disturbed by the failure of the Obama Administration to exercise its veto to prevent a destructive, one-sided, anti-Israel resolution from being enacted by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). In the past, this administration and past administrations have rejected this type of biased resolution since it undermines prospects for peace.
Continue reading: http://www.aipac.org/learn/resources/aipac-publications/publication?pubpath=PolicyPolitics/Press/AIPAC%20Statements/2016/12/AIPAC%20Statement%20on%20US%20Abstention%20from%20UNSC%20Resolution%20Vote

J Street welcomes the decision today by the Obama administration to abstain from voting on a United Nations Security Council resolution, which reaffirms the need for a two-state solution and calls for a halt to actions by both sides that serve to undermine the prospects for peace.
Read more: http://jstreet.org/press-releases/j-street-welcomes-us-abstention-unsc-resolution/#.WF6WExt97IU

22 Dec 2016

A request

Emuna Daily Lesson

A Special Request From The Moskowitz Family

How the Rebbe 'Got' Me...

?מדהים: האם הרבי חזה את פטירתו

Not abroad

Rav Chaim Kanievsky’s Miracle? “Go to Tzefas, Not Abroad”

Trump’s Father Helped Flatbush Cheder

Journalist Said is concerned about one thing at yesterday's State Department Briefing.

So a young Palestinian girl – 15-year-old Ahed Tamimi – was slated to be part of the No Child Behind Bars Living Resistance speaking tour that begins on the 15th and she was denied a visa. Is that –because the Israelis have expressed, like, displeasure with someone like her touring the United States and speaking about the occupation – she’s from Hebron. Could that be the reason? Could it be that Israel has requested that such a person should not be issued a visa? (Laughter.)

UK Media Watch writes about the young Palestinian girl over here.

Ambassador Danon tweets, "The proposed resolution at the @UN Security Council is the peak of hypocrisy. It will do nothing to promote a diplomatic process and will only reward the Palestinian policy of incitement and terror. It is absurd that at a time when thousands are being massacred in Syria, the Security Council is devoting time and energy to convene and discuss condemning the only true democracy in the Middle East. We expect our greatest ally not to allow this one-sided and anti-Israel resolution to be adopted by the Council."

18 Dec 2016

Kislev miracles

A List of The 613 Mitzvot (Commandments)

UN Leader Ban Ki-Moon, In Departing Speech, Admits Anti-Israel Bias At World Body

One Chanukah Rav Chaim Ozer Met The Tailor In Cracow...

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky and the 25 miracles in Kislev

Unflinching impartiality

A letter published by the New York Times after the 2016 election included the following words.

As we reflect on the momentous result, and the months of reporting and polling that preceded it, we aim to rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism. That is to report America and the world honestly, without fear or favor, striving always to understand and reflect all political perspectives and life experiences in the stories that we bring to you. It is also to hold power to account, impartially and unflinchingly.

Four articles in the NYT against David Friedman in one day - Wow! I suppose this is an example of unflinching impartiality.

Keith Ellison Lies to CNN About Anti-Israel Remarks

What in The World Did Keith Ellison Just Try to Say to Prove He is Not Anti-Semitic?

17 Dec 2016

Friedman times two

Thomas Friedman Bemoans Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem: ‘Madness,’ ‘The Full Employment for Iran Act’

Astonishing Reply From the Rebbe

Jewish author Ezra Jack Keats honored in new children’s book

The simple story of the Dreidel or Sivivon is that it was a decoy used by the little children learning the Aleph Bais in case the Yivanim caught them. The Bnei Yisaschar brings some deep remazim regarding the dreidel.

Emuna daily lesson

Jewish Education programs

Chapecoense defender says he was persuaded to swap seats before crash

“Cadu Gaucho asked me to sit further forward and let the journalists sit together at the back,” Ruschel said. “I didn’t want to but then I saw Jackson Follman and he insisted I sit beside him. Only God can explain why I survived the accident. He grabbed me and gave me a second chance.” https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/dec/17/chapecoense-brazil-alan-ruschel-plane

The four sides of the dreidel have the letters, Nun, Gimel, Shin, Hey. These stand for the four forces in a person. Nefesh or spirit-Nun, Guf or physicality-Gimel, Sechel or intellect-Shin, and a higher spirit combining the other three, HaKol-Hey. The four nations of Bavel, Yavan, Rome, and Madai each opposed a specific one of these forces. Moshiach, whose gematria is 358 the same as Nun, Gimel, Shin, Hey, will annul these forces forever. Then Hashem's reign will be accepted by all. Hashem Melech, Hashem Malach, Hashem Yimloch L'Olam Va'ed also equals 358 like our dreidel and Moshiach.

The dreidel spins on its point. All these nations on each side of the dreidel all focus on Bnei Yisroel. The four side gradually decrease and disappear into this point, as the four nations will disappear and become batel to Am Yisroel.

15 Dec 2016

A daughter's dream

Chadrei Charedim has an article about a nonagenarian, Rabbi Sharaby zt'l, who was niftar a half a year ago. He appeared to his daughter in a dream last week and related to her three things that they are very makpid about in shamayim.

1. Nivul peh - profanity - foul language
2. Saying Amen
3. Ahavat Habriot - Love of mankind
Read more in Hebrew: http://www.bhol.co.il/112407/%D7%94%D7%90%D7%91-%D7%91%D7%90-%D7%91%D7%97%D7%9C%D7%95%D7%9D-%D7%95%D7%97%D7%A9%D7%A3-%D7%A2%D7%9C-%D7%96%D7%94-%D7%9E%D7%A7%D7%A4%D7%99%D7%93%D7%99%D7%9D-%D7%91%D7%A9%D7%9E%D7%99%D7%99%D7%9D.html

Emunah daily lesson

Growing in the Chanukah Season

Forgive and forget

This morning I received an email with a number of interesting thoughts. Below is one I would like to share with you.

Have faith and have a successful life. One of the basic differences between G-d and humans is, G-d gives, gives and forgives. But the human gets, gets, gets and forgets. Be thankful in life...

Parashat VaYishlah: “Son of Your Maidservant”

Circle Weekly Children’s Magazine Subscription: A Chanukah Gift that lasts all year!

New Tanya Sells Out in 24 Hours

14 Dec 2016

Fully observant

92-Year-Old Nazi Fighter and Her Newfound Jewish Identity

Booth and Eglash: A Pathological Hatred of Israel

"I have lived with Lavan (Im Lavan Garti), and tarried until now" [Bereshis 32:5]. Rashi cites the famous Chazal that the word "Garti" (I lived) has the numerical value of 613 (Taryag), indicating "I lived with the wicked Lavan, but I observed the 613 Commandments - without learning from his evil ways."

Rav Ruderman noted the apparent redundancy in Yaakov's message to his brother, Eisav. If Yaakov had already sent the message "I observed the 613 Commandments," what is added by further stating "and I have not learned from the evil ways of Lavan?" Rav Ruderman Zt"l, taught that the inference to be drawn is that one can observe the 613 commandments and, nevertheless, learn from the ways of a Lavan. Even within the context of a fully observant life-style, a person can wind up looking like a Lavan. Even when an individual's actions are technically permissible, the person may still be acting like a Lavan. A person can live an indulgent life-style -- one that may not technically deviate from the letter of the Law, but one,which is totally foreign from the spirit of the Law.

Therefore, Yaakov clarified: "Not only have I observed the letter of the 613 commandments, I have also not learned from Lavan and have even continued to observe the spirit of those laws."

Photo exhibit premier

Photo Exhibit Making North American Premier Highlights Erasure of Polish Jewish History Since World War II

Lapid: ‘Guardian’ delays Mideast conflict solution

Prosecutors Try to Refocus Rasmieh Odeh Case

Watch: How to make your own delicious Hannukah donuts

12 Dec 2016

My cup runs over

A relative recently purchased the book titled Emunah With Love and Chicken Soup and recommended it to me. In fact, she told me that she bought a few copies to give as a Chanukah present to some members of her family. Click here to read an excerpt from the book.

Yaakov davened to Hashem ‘Hatzileini Na MiYad Achi MiYad Eisav"; Save me from my brother from Eisav. The Bais HaLevi asks why does it need to say Achi and Eisav? He answers that the Zohar says when you daven for something you should be as clear as possible in your descriptions. He then asks why does it need to say "MiYad"; from the hands of, twice? Let it just say MiYad Achi Eisav.

He answers that Yaakov felt trapped. The two logical outcomes of meeting Eisav were that Eisav would kill him or the other outcome which was no less frightful for Yaakov was that Eisav would forgive him and they would live together like brothers. As far as Yaakov was concerned Eisav's closeness would cause religious erosion that was as dangerous for Klal Yisroel as physical destruction. He wanted to keep his children as far away from Eisav and his lifestyle as possible. That is why he davened that he should be saved from both being murdered at the hands of "Eisav" as well as "Achi" the brotherly hand that Eisav may want to extend to him.

This says the Bais HaLevi was indicative of the future Galus Edom. During some periods we face destruction from cruel and murderous enemies. At other times we self destruct from the brotherly closeness of our host nations. This freedom ends with assimilation of ideals and lowering our level of Avodas Hashem as well as unfortunately assimilation itself.

A friend sent me an email this morning with an inspiring message.

HOW A CUP RUNS OVER: On the words of Dovid Hamelech in Tehillim “Kosi Revaya--my cup runs over”--HaRav Avigdor Miler, Z’tl provides the following great insight (in his Sefer Shaarei Orah I, p.96, as brought in Growth Through Tehillim, by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin, Shlita): “A cup can only run over if it becomes full first. If there is a hole in the cup, it will never become full and will never run over. This is a lesson for us to constantly remember the good things that Hashem does for us. Don’t forget them. Then the good things will add up--and the happiness will flow!

Official definition of anti-Semitism

VIDEO: Activists manipulate third-graders into hating Israel

Inspired By Officer’s Kindness, Hanes Donates Hundreds of Socks For NYC Homeless

Official definition of anti-Semitism to be adopted to tackle anti-Jewish attacks

6 Dec 2016

More than I deserve

When Leah had her fourth child she named him Yehudah, saying, "HaPaam Odeh Es Hashem" - "This time I must thank Hashem". Rashi is bothered, why is it specifically by this child that she had to thank Hashem? He explains, Leah knew that Yaakov would have 4 wives and 12 children. According to the calculation, it comes out to 3 children per wife. Therefore, when Leah had her forth child she said, "HaPaam Odeh Es Hashem" - "This time I must thank Hashem" - As Rashi explains, "ShNatalti Yoser MiChelki" - "For I have received more than my portion."

I once heard a pshat, it is for this reason, the Jewish Nation is known by the name "Yehudi". Since every Jew must look at what his lot is in this world and say, "Natalti Yoser MiChelki" - I have received more than my share.... More than I deserve!!

Born to Hate Jews

Northwestern Jewish Studies Professor Targeted With Nazi Salute Near Campus

The True Danger To Am Israel

Divine intervention

Israeli Soldiers Report Divine Intervention in Battle With ISIS

VIDEO: Dr. Meir Wikler: Guidance From R’ Brevda Zatzal on Life & Marriage

2 Inspiring Young Shluchim Stories

4 Dec 2016

Looted art

Israeli Police Arrest Jewish Boy for Saying Sh’ma Israel

How the mother who lost 7 children in fire wants to remember them

Jewish family battles Spain museum over art looted by Nazis

V'Sain Tal Umatar Began at Maariv Tonight in Chutz La’aretz

Vesein Tal Umatar

UN Development Program says all of Israel is occupied territory

A People Like No Other

Amid rising anti-Semitism across Europe, two of Western Europe’s liberal democracies are taking starkly different approaches to combating the new security challenges presented to their respective Jewish communities.
Read more: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/221199

At Maariv, Sunday, December 4th, in chutz la’aretz, we begin to say Vesein Tal Umatar during Shemonah Esrei in the bracha of Boreich Aleinu. Residents of Eretz Yisroel already began saying Vesein Tal Umatar on the 7th of Cheshvan.
Read more: http://www.localjewishnews.com/2016/12/03/begin-vesein-tal-umatar-sunday-in-maariv/#more-65644

What is the halacha for someone who was in Israel and began saying Vesein Tal Umatar and then went back to chutz la’aretz before December 4th?

3 Dec 2016


When Yaakov woke from his dream, he realized he was in a Makom Kadosh, Yerushalayim. He appropriately named the place Bais Kel, the house of Hashem. The pasuk (Vayeitzei 28:19) tells us that the original name was Luz. Rabbeinu Bachaye asks why is this relevant to us?

He answers that the pasuk is hinting to the fact that Yerushalayim was the beginning of creation, and the rest of the world continued from there. Luz, he explains based on the Medrash (Vayikra Rabba 18:1), is the bone in our spine that we will be recreated from during Techiyas HaMeisim. Just like the original wondrous creation started from Luz, so too will the miracle of Techiyas HaMeisim will start from Yerushalayim, for Yerushalayim is the center on Hashem's universe, and the closest connection to Heaven.

Rebbetzin Gita Cohen, ע״ה

Rabbi Norman Lamm and Henry Ford: A Tribute to One of Rabbi Lamm’s Hidden Accomplishments as He Enters his Ninth Decade

The Ellison Tipping Point

Tucker Carlson interviews NY Times Public Editor Liz Spayd over anti-Trump bias

29 Nov 2016

The walled city

An article at CNN about a mosaic uncovered in Jericho, caught my eye this morning.

According to the biblical story, the Israelites marched around the walled city seven times, causing the walls to collapse, though this story has little -- if any -- archaeological evidence to support it.

I wonder if CNN qualifies statements regarding other religions that there is little evidence to support their stories.

Speaking of religion, BuzzJour reports that White House Spokesperson Josh Earnest "cautioned Americans not to 'cast aspersions' on people of any one religion in response to the attack" at OSU. http://buzzjour.com/2016/11/29/white-house-osu-attacker-may-have-been-motivated-by-a-desire-to-carry-out-an-act-of-terrorism/

Seven times

A letter from father

The social media website Twitter is facing criticism for its recent decision to grant verification to the Muslim Brotherhood’s official mouthpiece, which routinely writes in favor of violent terror acts and disseminates anti-Semitic propaganda.
Read more: http://freebeacon.com/national-security/twitter-muslim-brotherhood-verification/

Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight

Yoram Raanan’s Art Studio Destroyed in the Fire

In tribute

One Woman’s Agudah Convention Takeaway

Where Talking to Israelis is Taboo

B’nai Brith Canada Launches Series in Tribute to Jews from Arab Lands

21 Nov 2016

The small "chaf"

"And Avraham came to eulogize Sarah and to cry over her"; The word "to cry over her" is "ViLivkosa". The Torah spells it with a small "Chaf". What is the significance of this small letter?

The Satan has many ways to get us to sin. He tries at times to stop one from doing a Mitzvah beforehand. If he doesn't succeed, he will try to make us regret that we did the Mitzvah, therefore lessening our reward. Avraham did a great Mitzvah by offering his son a Korbon by the Akeidah. It was because of the news of the Akeidah where Yitzchok was almost killed, that caused Sarah to die. The Satan wanted Avraham to regret the Akeidah because it killed his wife. Avraham did not want to show this regret. He therefore minimized his weeping by the funeral of Srah to show that he did not regret the Akeidah. That is why it says a small "Chaf' - because he minimized his weeping.

Forced to Leave Odessa as a Girl, and Yearning for the Life She Knew Then

בשבוע הבא: הכלה מ'אסון 402' תתחתן בבנייני האומה

Character improvement

Petira Of Famed Composer And Singer Reb Ben Zion Shenker Z’L

The Henny Machlis Guide to Character Improvement

What Is the Yardstick of Success?

20 Nov 2016

3 things

"And it was when the camels finished drinking, Eliezer took a golden nose ring, its weight a Beka, and 2 bracelets on her arms weighing 10 golden Shekel. Rashi tells us, the Beka weight was an allusion to the Shekalim of Klal Yisroel - the half shekel donated by Klal Yisroel for the Beis HaMikdash. The 2 bracelets were an allusion to the 2 Luchos - and the weight of 10 shekel, alluded to the Aseres HaDibros which were written on them.
Why was it necessary at this time for Eliezer to hint to Rivka concerning these future events? The Maharal answers that Eliezer was telling Rivka that the world stands on 3 things - Torah, Avodah and Gemilus Chasadim. I see that you are very accomplished in acts of Gemilas Chesed. However, to be one of the foundations of Klal Yisroel you must also excel in Torah and Avodah. Torah, which was represented by the 2 bracelets weighing 10 shekel - alluding to the Luchos. Avodah, which was represented by the Beka - used to purchase the Korbonos for the Beis HaMikdash.


Trump is headed to the White House. Did we just elect our first Jewish president?

17 Nov 2016

A heartfelt plea

Yitzchok Ehrlich's Journey - A Heartfelt Plea

Parshas Vayeira - Bound to Be Happy

Bein Adam Lechaveiro that we forget

News gossip

Parashat Vayera: Not Letting It Get to Our Heads

In the November 15th State Department briefing, Spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau was asked her opinion about legislation being discussed barring BDS supporters from entering Israel.
We’re aware of the various reactions to the proposed bill to bar pro-BDS activists from entering Israel. We understand. I’d also note that the legislation requires several more steps before becoming law. The United States strong opposition to boycott and sanctions of the state of Israel is well known, however, as a general principle, we value freedom of expression even in cases where we do not agree with the views espoused.

Does a certain teacher "value freedom of expression even in cases where we do not agree with the views espoused?"

Teacher calls Trump’s victory as bad as 9/11. Students who disagreed were ‘kicked out’

ElderofZiyon opines about a news network, "This is not journalism. This is gossip disguised as news."

Obama’s Brother Malik Calls for Boycott of CNN, MSNBC, New York Times

The chance visit

The Parsha and Current Events: A good omen for our Nation

Chance Alaska Visit Becomes a Dying Man’s Bar Mitzvah

נס ב'עטרת': הוסיפו שם וראש הישיבה התעורר

12 Nov 2016

Looking behind

"VaTabeit Ishto MeiAcharav", Lot's wife looked behind. "VaTehi Netziv Melach", and she became a pillar of salt (Bereishis 19:26). The Kli Yakar asks, why does it say she looked behind "him"? It should say she looked behind herself, "MeiAchareha".

The Kli Yakar explains that Lot's wife was deeply distressed that she couldn't save her money, as the Malachim rushed them out and told them to forget about their wealth that would be left behind (see Rashi 19:17). Now on the run she was concerned with how she will survive if her husband, now penniless dies. MeiAcharav means she looked past him, past his lifetime and worried about the money.

This worry brought back memories of her aveira of thriftiness and that she refused to give tzedaka or Hachnosas Orchim. Melach, salt is a preservative. Chazal tell us that tzedoka is the salt to preserve our wealth. Therefore, she who refused to give tzedoka, both back in Sedom and even now on the run, she who had not learned her lesson, turned into salt.


AUDIO: Powerful words from Rabbi YY Jacobson on Trump’s decision to run for President

Oprah Says – ‘Take A Deep Breath’

A wake up call: Jews challenged in the UK

11 Nov 2016

The Shabbos project and the Inauguration

Presidential inaugurations are a daylong ceremony. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to visit the District of Columbia, though spots at the official events are, of course, limited. Traditionally, the day begins with a morning worship service. After that, the new vice president takes the oath of office, followed by the president. After they’re sworn in, Trump will give his inaugural address speech.
Once evening falls, the presidential family will attend several formal events around town, including the Inaugural Ball.
Along the way, there are opportunities for numerous musical performances.

In the first video below, Chief Rabbi Goldstein speaks about the Shabbos project.
A friend alerted me to the fact that Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017, falls out on Friday. In January the days are short so she wonders how Ivanka and Jared will deal with the schedule.

Will the songs Sholom Aleichem and Eishet Chayil be included as part of the musical repertoire of the evening festivites?

The other day I called attention to a headline at the ibtimes Israel Wants Jews To Pray At Muslim Mosque In Jerusalem: Temple Mount Tensions Grow In Middle East.

Elderof Ziyon references an excerpt from the article.

Some Israeli lawmakers want to allow Jews to pray at an Islamic holy site in Jerusalem, a contentious proposal that is opposed by Middle Eastern leaders and could stroke tensions between Jews and Muslims in the Israel.

The blogger at ElderofZiyon writes the following:

The incompetent reporter doesn't even know that the expression is "stoke tensions," not 'stroke tensions."

The next paragraph of the ibtimes article contains such gems as, "Their policy proposal came as Israeli citizens, activists and politicians gathered at the Knesset-hosted Seekers of Zion conference Monday called the religious known to Jews as Temple Mount and to Muslims as Al-Aqsa be open for Jewish prayer. The compound sits on top of the Western Wall in Jerusalem and is considered to be Judaism’s holist site."

Personally, I didn't realize that there is such a word as "holist' or that the religious are known to Jews as the Temple Mount.

Another article by the same journalist is titled Israel vs. Palestine: Muslims Demand Dead Sea Scrolls Of Hebrew Bible.

Munir Anis Nasser, a Palestinian representative to UNESCO, said the writings found by a Palestinian sheppard in the caves in the Qumran region in the Judean Desert in 1947 are part of Palestinian heritage.
I didn't realize that the word "shepherd' can now be spelled as "sheppard."

This morning I heard Mark Halperin, speaking on MSNBC, "The responsibility of journalists is to not report on their biases."

Enjoying exegetical and Talmudic efforts

A few hours ago, State Department Spokesperson Mark Toner bid adieu to journalist Arshad Mohammed who was having his last briefing in the building before turning to other pursuits. I was duly impressed with the journalist's command of the English language as he began to speak before composing the last few questions which he addressed to the spokesperson.

QUESTION: If you will allow me to apostrophize for a moment, these briefings have sometimes seemed otiose or almost pyrrhic – (laughter) – but I have greatly enjoyed our exegetical and Talmudic efforts to understand American foreign policy. I’ve used all five of those words in briefings over the last dozen or more years. (Laughter.) I’ve had enormous --

MR TONER: Well put.

QUESTION: I’ve had enormous fun and I wish everybody in the room, those on this side of the podium and those on that side of the podium, well as you keep doing this.

Mr. Toner was asked by another journalist about the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995.

MR TONER: So I mean, since Israel’s founding, the administrations of both parties have maintained a consistent policy here and that is recognizing no state as having sovereignty over Jerusalem. And we remain committed to this long-standing policy – we, the Obama Administration.

QUESTION: But in fact, there was a congressional act in 1995 that was supposed – that called for the moving the embassy by 1999 if they allocated the money. And ever since then, presidents have used a waiver.

MR TONER: That’s correct.

QUESTION: They used the executive waiver. So there is nothing in the law that will prevent moving the embassy. But it is up to the discretion of the president, correct?

MR TONER: It is correct that administrations since, as you note, 1995 have consistently exercised a waiver, because it’s been determined – they’ve determined, we’ve determined, that it is in our national security interests to do so.

QUESTION: And will that be the advice that you give the coming administration?

MR TONER: I would think, as we consult with the incoming administration, we’ll certainly make sure they understand, which is all we can do, our rationale behind exercising that waiver.

Eagle rescued after being stuck in storm drain in Orange County Seeing the pictures of the two eagles in the drain, I couldn't help wonder if there was a message for us.

9 Nov 2016

The headline

What a headline at the ibtimes. - Israel Wants Jews To Pray At Muslim Mosque In Jerusalem: Temple Mount Tensions Grow In Middle East

Below is an excerpt from the State Department 11/09 briefing.

QUESTION: All right. And then just very quickly is specifically one of the things that the President-elect has said when he was a candidate. He said that he would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This is something that previous administrations have not done – have resisted, in fact – since --
 MR TONER: That’s correct.
 QUESTION: And I’m just wondering, can you remind us very briefly why exactly that is? And if you want to do it as a TQ, that’s fine.
 MR TONER: Well, sure. And I would prefer to actually get the policy out there as word-for-word as I possibly can. But there is a longstanding, as you note, policy from both sides of the aisle – so to speak – with regard to Jerusalem’s status

And the winner is

The speech winner - Mike Pence for uttering the words, "I come to this moment deeply humbled, grateful to G-d for His amazing grace, grateful to my family..."

The tweet winner - Boro Park Jew Dedicates His Vote to Slain Muslim American Soldier

Donald Trump - President of the States ? in bible code Glazerson

In the week of Parshat Lech Lecha, when Avraham Avinu was told to leave his homeland, it seems a number of celebrities will be leaving their homeland, as well. Cher will be moving to Jupiter while Barbra Streisand will be on her way to Australia or Canada according to this article.

Congratulations to Donald Trump, elected to be the 45th President of the U.S. In Hebrew, the equivalent of 45 is מה. Hopefully President-elect Trump will remember the words of Micha 6:8 which contains the word מה-what.

It hath been told thee, O man, what is good, and what the L-RD doth require of thee: only to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy G-d. 

7 Nov 2016


Women of the Wall make me sad

In the last post, I linked to an article in Hebrew regarding the recent petirah of HaRav Yosef Grossman z”l, brother of Migdal HaEmek Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Grossman Shlita. Chadrei Charedim reported that the Rav appeared twice in a dream to a mekubal and told him that he wasn't being allowed into Gan Eden because he owed 100 shekel to someone.
This is not the first time I have heard such anecdotes. Someone related to me that a man appeared to his son-in-law in a dream, asking him to pay the money he owed for an aliya in the neighborhood shul which he frequented.

Nominations open in prize for outstanding English-speaking Israeli immigrants

The dream

JLI Introduces New Weekly Parsha Video

"אח הרב גרוסמן הגיע בחלום למקובל: "לא נותנים לי להכנס לגן עדן

Israel's Rabbinate avoids Western Wall Event